2019-2020 Interim Program Site: Poland Spring Resort

In 2019 and 2020 The Ecology School’s residential programs will be at the historic Poland Spring Resort in Poland, Maine.  This year-long site shift will provide a comfortable, safe, and incredibly beautiful space to conduct our school programs while dormitory and dining commons construction at our new, permanent home at River Bend Farm moves forward.

Poland Spring Resort is one of Maine’s most historically vibrant resorts.  Originally constructed in the late 18th century, the small inn expanded to a destination resort for the fashionable elite during glory days of the 19th century, popularized by touting the health benefits of the property’s spring waters. Today, the stunning natural features of the landscape and quiet solitude of rural Maine still draws summer visitors from around the world to this incredible site.  The Ecology School program participants will be treated to resort-quality accommodations after spending their days deeply immersed in field-based ecological lessons. An expansive recreational area gives students a multitude of options for free time including plenty of grassy open space, volleyball, swings, basketball, and more!


Programming at Poland Spring Resort

Program participants, school partners, and The Ecology School family can expect the same high-quality hands-on and innovative environmental education programs that are the foundation of The Ecology School while at The Resort.

  • Outdoor classrooms in Maine’s ecosystems feature lessons designed to meet school curriculum standards.

  • Optional field trips to beaches and dunes, tide pools, and salt marshes continue to be available. 

  • Trained educators are dedicated to teaching ecology through innovative, fun, and experiential learning methods.

  • Located in Poland, Maine, just 35 miles away from our current location.

  • Wide, open recreation areas for free time activities.

  • 500 acres of lush forests throughout which a network of nature trails weave and Lower Range Pond borders to the northeast. 

Our ecosystem-based lessons are designed to be outside and to be portable—whether in the forests behind The Resort or a student's own backyard! The time-tested lessons that schools trust and kids love will continue to awaken minds, foster investigation of nature, and fulfill curriculum requirements. All of the components of our programs have been thoughtfully planned by The Ecology School staff in partnership with the owners of The Resort.  We are dedicated to the integrity of our programs and the complete satisfaction of our school partners and program participants during their experience!

Community Living

Community engagement and collaborative living is an essential component of The Ecology School’s holistic education model. Lodging and dining facilities at The Resort will continue to foster community building experiences that encourage students to try new things, look at their everyday world with fresh eyes, build friendships, and become engaged citizens.

  • Program participants will be housed in The Maine Inn, a stunning Colonial-style building constructed in 1963.

  • 2 to 4 students per room (each room has a private bathroom). Each student will have his or her own bed.

  • Chaperones and teachers housed on the same floor as their students.

  • The Maine Inn is updated with a full sprinkler fire suppression system. 

  • On-site nurse available 24/7.

  • Healthy, kid-friendly, and homemade meals served family-style in the dining facility. 

  • Large dining room with ample seating and performance space for food-education skits /songs located within The Maine Inn.

  • Meals, as always, are a time to connect food, humans, and the environment through our Food For Thought program.

  • The Ecology School staff, The Resort chef, and on-site nurse will continue to work with school partners to accommodate allergies or food sensitivities.


Please contact Alex Grindle, Director of Programs, with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have—(207) 283-9951 or alex@theecologyschool.org.  The Ecology School’s administrative offices are located at River Bend Farm, 184 Simpson Road, Saco, Maine 04072.